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How to Pronounce Brett Favre's Last Name
Sportscasters and fans alike, when talking about Brett Favre, pronounce his last name as “Far –Ve.” But if you pause for a moment to look at the spelling of his last name, you will notice it does not seem to match up with the pronunciation. So how should his name be pronounced and is there a correct way?
Understand that when people pronounce Favre as “Far –Ve,” it is a linguistic phenomenon called “metathesis.” Metathesis occurs when two neighboring sounds in a word switch places.
Metathesis occurs with many words in English and other languages. Some examples in English include "comfortable" pronounced as "comfterble," "spaghetti" pronounced as "pasghetti," and "asterisk" pronounced as "asteriks."
Metathesis is a controversial linguistic phenomenon. Some linguists believe metathesis is primarily the result of speech errors and childrens’ talk, and is not a regular process. Other linguists believe metathesis can be a regularly occurring process of phonology that affects only a small number of words or forms in a particular language.
If the phenomenon of metathesis is removed from the phonological equation, the name Favre should be pronounced “Fav-Re.”
1935-36 / 1936-37The way they're going so far, the prospects of an even dozen, and a 4th back-to-back look very good.
1953-54 / 1954-55
1996-97 / 1997-98
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The Detroit Free Press, April 3, 2009
"It appears the Spirit of Detroit statue outside City Hall will not wear a Michigan State jersey in honor of the Spartans' run to the Final Four hosted at Ford Field.
"After completing a major restoration of the statue last year, the Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority, which owns the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, adopted a new policy requiring any entity wanting to place a jersey on the statue to pay $25,000 to cover the cost of refinishing the statue and any possible damage. Greg McDuffee, the authority's executive director, said having a jersey on the statue erodes its finish.
"The NCAA contacted building officials in January about placing a jersey on the statue, but declined after hearing the cost. And on Monday, after MSU beat Louisville to advance to the Final Four, a university official contacted the authority about placing a Spartan jersey on the Spirit, but also declined because of the cost.
"In the past, the Spirit has worn the jerseys of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and other Detroit-based teams when they have had playoff success. McDuffee said he didn't think that would change."
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